Jimmy Rollins will return to “the Best Damn Sports Show” tonight to address yesterday’s remarks about frontrunning fans, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Or, if you’re tired of talking about it, chew on this.
Split madness: One of the major reasons why the Phillies are having such a hard time manufacturing runs is their cavernous left/right splits. Once the favorable match-ups vanish against the starting pitcher, there’s an excellent chance that every other hitter or every third hitter will be forced into a match-up where the odds are stacked against them. With 12 pitchers and So Taguchi and Mike Cervenak taking up two spots on the bench, very little can be done to prevent bad mismatches. Looking at the players who will regularly penetrate the lineup, including guys like Chris Coste, Eric Bruntlett and Gregg Dobbs, the average left/right OPS split among regular contributors is ... 211.5! It’s even higher if you factor in Pedro Feliz (.648/.894). Five hitters, Ryan Howard, Eric Bruntlett, Greg Dobbs, Geoff Jenkins and Carlos Ruiz, have an OPS under .600 in their weakest split. That's an awful lot of futility.